The Bible is a book of 66 books and all of them are summed up with a single word: “Salvation.” From the beginning, salvation was God’s plan for human beings and this topic has several characteristics that we cannot lose sight of.
First of all, why do we need salvation? The answer is “because we were lost in our trespasses and sins”, “because we were separated from God”. And that is the main thing, to understand that we are lost and that we need God, that He is the only one capable of saving us.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)
We are saved by grace, that happiness that even though we were terrible sinners, God wanted to love us and at the same time save us through Christ on the Cross. And grace means that it has nothing to do with human effort. We are not saved because we strive, because we have something precious, but we are saved because God has wanted it that way because of His inexhaustible love.
And that salvation comes through faith, that faith in believing that Jesus is the Son of God who gave His life for us sinners.
The apostle goes on to specify something very important:
“And that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”
Salvation is a gift, a gift from God Himself to us. So, don’t be waiting for a profound miracle, because the greatest miracle of all has already been received on the cross, which is salvation and God’s love.
We have nothing to boast about, neither in our works, nor that we are better believers than others. We should only boast on the cross and rejoice in the gift of God.